• 00:30

    Introducing the IFA’s New Franchise Action Network (FAN)

    in Entrepreneur

    Join us for an episode of ZorCast where we'll be talking to three member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) about their exciting new initiative, the Franchise Action Network (FAN). FAN is a new program from the IFA helping to combat the current legislative and regulatory threats facing the franchise industry. You'll hear all about the network, learn about how and why you should get involved, and more.


    About Out Guests


    Erica Farage, Senior Director of Political Affairs & Grassroots Advocacy, manages IFA’s PAC and directs their grassroots strategy. 


    Chris Krueger, Director of Grassroots Advocacy, manages IFA’s grassroots network, the Franchise Action Network (FAN).


    Riley Titus, Coordinator of Government Relations & Public Policy, supports the state and grassroots efforts of IFA. 

  • 00:30

    Unique Ability Team Assessments with the Kolbe System

    in Entrepreneur

    Joining us on this week's episode of ZorCast is Karen Powell, CEO & Founder of Decor & You, Inc. Karen is a passionate businesswoman, and member of the International Franchise Association's Women's Franchise Committee, the Entrepreneurial Women's Network, the National Association of Women Business Owners and many more professional associations that center around women, franchising, and decor. Karen uses the proven Kolbe assessment program to identify the way that people take action, so that she can use the results to create rite-fit teams inside her organization. Karen will discuss this method and how she uses it to ensure that each member of her team is working to their capacity, and leaves work each day feeling energized and excited, not drained and disheartened.


    About Our Guest


    Few understand the significance of the phrase “If it’s not on the calendar, it doesn’t get done!” better than Karen Powell, CEO of the national interior decorating franchise, Decor&You. Karen is part of a team of women who launched the business from the ground up in 1998.  Karen views Decor&You as the ideal opportunity for businesspeople with extraordinary spirit who want to be their own boss and can find the courage to be master of their own success. Today, Decor&You is composed of 98 percent women franchisees who work hard to balance their time among the demands of career, family, health and hobbies. She cautions that it’s not easy to run your own business profitably, particularly a home-based business, while balancing competing interests. Yet she and many of the 30 franchisees who make up Decor&You will attest that when it’s done right, it’s profoundly rewarding.

  • 00:30

    The Effortless Entrepreneur

    in Entrepreneur

    This week on ZorCast, host Brendan Major is joined by Nick Friedman, president of College Hunks Hauling Junk. Nick will be sharing some insights into his success, including the story of how he got started and what makes his franchise different from the rest. Nick will also touch on some of the latest and greatest initiatives in the company, and how they help the brand continue to gain traction and achieve success. 


    About Our Guest


    Nick Friedman is President and Co-Founder of College Hunks Hauling Junk and College Hunks Moving, the largest and fastest growing
    US-Based junk removal and moving franchise opportunity in the nation. Nick started in college with his childhood best friend, now business partner, Omar Soliman in a beat up cargo van, and has grown to at least 50 franchise locations nationwide. He has since been named among the Top 30 Entrepreneurs in America Under 30 by INC Magazine and was named on the same list as Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook as one of the 30 Most Influential CEO's Under 30 by Under30CEO.com. Also, he was a Kauffman Foundation Empact 100 Honoree, was listed as one of the Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35 on
    Bisnow.com, and is a two-time Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalist.


    In addition, Nick has been featured in numerous business books and textbooks, as well as Forbes, Fortune and many other national publications. He was also featured in a Newsweek story entitled 'College Kid to Millionaire,' along with the founders of Fedex, Dell Computers, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft.

  • 00:30

    The Neuroscience of Franchising

    in Entrepreneur

    Today on ZorCast, host Brendan Major is joined by Lizette Pirtle to talk about the exciting topic of neuroscience as it relates to the franchise industry. Lizette will talk about how understanding neuroscience helps when planning for franchise success, so make sure to tune in!


    About Our Guest


    Lizette Pirtle is a change maker and a franchisee success expert with unique abilities to provide franchisees the foundation they need for successfully replicating the franchise system in which they invested. Her 20 plus years of franchise experience is expansive covering daily operations, marketing, communications, support, and training. For Lizette franchisee success is an art and a science. As a lifelong student of how the brain operates and how we create success or failure through our habits, emotions, willpower, and beliefs, Lizette applies her knowledge of the workings of the brain to ensuring a quick franchisee ramp-up and success.

    Lizette has a knack for designing franchise operational and training systems that allow franchisees and franchisors achieve the success and results they seek. She has a unique strength for breaking concepts down and creating powerful, efficient, and effective processes and business format systems. She derives tremendous joy in assisting her clients implement their vision and franchisees achieve success. 

    A trainer, speaker, writer, and coach, Lizette is passionate about communicating with, serving others, and sharing her knowledge and experience to create transformation and change. Her greatest mission is to change traditional views about franchisee success to bring about the understanding that it is more of an inner game than ever imagined.

  • 00:28

    SuperSlow Zone Advantage

    in Entrepreneur

    This week we're joined by Madeline Ross, founder and CEO of SuperSlow Zone. Madeline will be taking us inside the unique wellness and exercise franchise, including a snapshot of the services they offer and why their unique methods have meant success for so many. She'll also talk about the types of people this franchise attracts, and what the ideal franchise owner looks like at SuperSlow Zone. 


    About Our Guest


    Madeline Ross, founder and CEO of SuperSlow Zone for 10 years, is a unique wellness and exercise franchise in the USA, Turkey and Colombia. Feature articles about SSZ has been in Time, New York Times, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, NBC, CNN, and others.


    SuperSlow Zone’s core services include a 20 minute, two times a week personal strength training exercise program, healthy eating, and weight loss systems. Positioned as a professional premier personal wellness service, clients achieve maximum results in minimum time.


    SuperSlow Zone’s competitive advantage is grounded in committed and professional staff and global franchise owners, years of research and continuous improvements driven by our clients. 68% of clients stay 3 to 10 years, 71% of new clients are from referrals and of referrals, 21% are from physicians. Clients come, stay and refer because it works.


    Madeline is also President of SuperSlow Zone Institute, our the continuing education division. Accredited by the prestigious International Association For Continuing Education and Training [IACET.org], it also accredits the American Physical Therapy Association, National Institute of Health, Centers for Disease Control and, Duke University Medical Center, GE Healthcare, etc. SSZ achieved and maintains this accreditation to ensure the highest standards of operations, service and care for its clients.

  • 00:30

    Diversifying the Franchise Industry

    in Entrepreneur

    This week we're joined by Stan Friedman, veteran franchising executive and advocate for diversity in the industry. Stan will talk about the steps taken by the International Franchise Association to diversify the industry, as well as what he has done personally to benefit this cause. We'll also talk about the IFA's Pro Athlete Franchise Initiative (PAFI), and some of the other ways that the franchise industry has become more diversified than ever before.


    About Our Guest


    A twenty five year franchising veteran, Stan Friedman has held executive positions at several franchise systems, including Blimpie, WSI, Wing Zone and Tutor Doctor. Currently, Stan is President of FRM Solutions, providing out of the box, “franchise-centric,” relationship management software to franchisors. Stan is a CFE and board member of the Southeast Franchise Forum. He is also the co-founder of IFA’s Pro Athlete Franchise Initiative, (PAFI) and has chaired its Advisory Board, since inception. PAFI works with twilight year pro athletes, helping them transition from the court or field, to the worlds of business and franchising.


    In 2011, Stan received the IFA’s Ronald E. Harrison Award for his ongoing work in diversity. Stan has been a frequent contributor to Franchising World Magazine and a speaker at franchise industry events nationwide.

  • 00:52

    All Signs Point to Opportunity

    in Entrepreneur

    This week on Franchise Today, host Brendan Major is joined by Jack Werner, Executive Vice President of SignWorld. Jack and Brendan will discuss every aspect of a business, including the ideal franchise candidate, validation processes, exit strategies, and different types of business models. Jack will share a wealth of information that he has gathered in his years of business experience, and we're looking forward to this podcast! About Our Guest Jack is a former owner of a full service sign company himself from 1995-2005, 3D signs and prior to that spent 25 Years in corporate America as a General Manager of a Food Distribution As a former operator of a location that he sold to join the founder of SignWorld as a partner.

  • 01:02

    A Bird's Eye Perspective on Franchising

    in Entrepreneur

    This week on Franchise Today host Marissa Ruderman is joined by Paul Pickett, VP of Franchise Development at Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc.. Marissa and Paul will be taking a bird's eye perspective on the world of franchising. They will be discussing one of the things that separates the Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. franchise from others: the personal passion needed to be successful. Each franchise has a strong personal passion for the bird watching hobby and business enterprise. In addition, Paul will be diving into their unique business model, which operates as an operator model rather than an executve model. Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc. is aiming to spread their mission AND build a business enterprise, which has led them to undergo a cultural shirt from a buffet line model of providing lots of choices over the past five years. Lastly, Paul will shed some light on thier out of the box resources and suppliers. About Our Guest Paul Pickett's career with Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU) has perfectly combined his love of birds, nature, and people. He joined the WBU team as the first full-time employee in 1989 shortly after graduating with a master's degree in biology and ornithology from the University of North Dakota. He has more than two decades of experience in working with potential franchisees as they decide to join the WBU team. He also has managed all site selection and lease negotiation assistance for the brand. Paul Pickett has over 24 years of experience of 'Bringing People and Nature Together" as the VP of Franchise Development for Wild Birds Unlimited, leading the Franchise Development team to grow their franchise system to over 280 stores. Additionally, he manages all of the legal and real estate responsibilities for Wild Birds Unlimited, Inc.

  • 00:56

    Exploring the Home Repair Industry

    in Entrepreneur

    This week on Franchise Today, host Marissa Ruderman is joined by Andy Bell - CEO & Founder of Handyman Matters Franchise Corporation. Andy will be our guide as we explore the home repair industry, and learn some of his secrets for success. They'll be discussing the $60 billion a year industry in depth, and also exploring some topics like business communication and technology as they have been used to create this highly successful franchise system! About Our Guest Andy Bell is the founder of the Handyman Matters System. He currently serves as CEO and President, positions he has held since April 2014, and positions he previously held from August 1998 (President) and September 2008 (CEO) to July 2013. He is also a member of our Board of Directors, a position he has held since inception in 2000. Mr. Bell also serves as the President and Chairman of the Board for the Handyman Matters parent company, HMI, since its inception and was the founder and board member for HMOC, HE and HE-Boulder since their inception in 1998. He served as the President of HMOC, HE and HE-Boulder from their inception until June 2013. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Book By Owner Franchising, LLC (?BBOF?), a franchisor of resort property management businesses located in Lakewood, Colorado, a position he has held since its inception in January 2014. Mr. Bell also serves on the Board of Directors or on the Management Committee of the several other entities all located in Lakewood, Colorado.

  • 00:56

    Road to Recovery: Electronic Restoration Services

    in Entrepreneur

    Host Brendan Major is joined by Steve Lajiness, Vice President of Franchising at Electronic Restoration Services. Brendan and Steve will discuss the steady and calculated growth that has evolved the company into a world-class operation, and how you can apply these strategies to any franchise system. They'll talk about ways to maintain leadership position by investing in technology, training of employees, and fast, responsive services. About Our Guest Steve lives in the South East Michigan market. He has been part of the franchise Industry for over 30 years. During this time, Steve has worked for a franchisors, worked with franchisees, and has been a franchisee. He has been involved in all aspects of franchising. He started out in Operations, then went into Training, then Consulting. After his consulting role he went into the Franchise Development arena, and has been involved in this arena for about 10 years and has been part of launching three successful franchise concepts. Currently he worked with a company called Electronic Restoration Services. His current role is Vice President of Franchising. He is surrounded by a wonderful family including his Wife Kim who is a franchisee of a quick service concept, his daughter Brooke who is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, and son Zack who is starting high school in the fall. Steve attended Adrian College and has a Business Degree as well as a degree in Sociology.

  • 00:43

    Finding the Sweet Spot in your Franchise

    in Entrepreneur

    This week on Franchise Today, host Brendan Major is joined by Brenden Drew, VP of Franchise Development at Abbott's Frozen Custard. Brenden will join us to talk about many aspects of the business that have helped Abbott's continue to successfully grow since 1902. Abbott's has four pillars to their strategy that has helped them find success for years and years. Brenden will talk about the reasons that it's important to know who you are as a business, and figure out what makes you unique in the marketplace. He'll also dive into the importance of building a strong team, the importance of building and implementing attainable annual plans, and why Abbott's believes that it's vital to treat your franchisees like customers. This is a great chance to hear from a franchise that has been in business for over 100 years; definitely not one to miss! About Our Guest Brenden Drew has been part of the family business for the last twenty years working in various capacities. Brenden currently lives in Boston, MA and focuses on attracting new franchisees while assisting current franchisees with their operations. Brenden earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Accounting and Finance from Fairfield University and is a licensed CPA.

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